When and how did you discover Game Maker?
It was back in 2001, I think. I was looking for any sort of game-making program, and guess what I came across ;)
Have you used any other game creation programs?
Before Game Maker, I had ZZT and MegaZeux. Very nice game makers despite having simple ASCII graphics; hey, I had to start somewhere ;)
What games or other projects have you made with (or for) Game Maker?
Macky & Pentell is my only GM game so far. I currently have no plans to make another GM game...
Macky and Pentell
What are your favorite Game Maker games?
I like plenty of them, but here are a few that I like the most:
lockOn - jph wacheski
Hard Hat - Damaged
3105 AD - Khanh Nguyen
Jetz Rampage 2 - Shawn64
seiklus - cly5m
What are your favorite games NOT made with Game Maker?
There are a ton of games out there, and I've played and liked a lot of 'em (and hated a few, too). I don't think I'll be able to name anything specific...
What advice would you give new Game Maker users or those who would like to improve?
Read the manual (and read it well). That's why it's there :P
What elements of a game are most important to you and why?
Gameplay, of course; if there's no gameplay, there's no game and thus no fun. Graphics and sounds and all that other stuff can be great too, but gameplay should come first.
Why do you make games? What is your primary inspiration, motivation, or both?
Playing games is a lot of fun. That's why I make games; so that other people can have fun too. It's very satisfying to make a game and see it get well-received :)
Do you have other artistic pursuits other than game development? If so, what?
Other than game-making? Well... there's game-playing.
I'm such a bum ^^;
Any other comments?
Game Maker is awesome. That's all... :)
Baby Bonnie Hood in 2005